Mommin’ aint easy! And it definitely isn’t easy to get a workout in some days. This Mama Toddler Workout gets you AND your little rascal moving!
Happy Halloween! Today I have a fun and different post from the usual – a workout!
As part of my year-long partnership with FLYJOY bars, my Microadventure this month was to try a workout that is new to me. I’ve been wanting to develop a workout that can be done with babies and toddlers and this seemed like the perfect opportunity.
As any mom of a toddler knows, getting a workout in can be challenging. To say the least. Whether it’s fitting in the time to make it to the gym, having a toddler that doesn’t last long for a stroller run, or just being exhausted at the end of the day and not having the energy for a workout.
The excuses are often endless but I can definitely say I’ve never regretted a workout. So today’s workout is for those days when a workout just doesn’t seem like it’s in the cards. You don’t have to separate spending time with your toddler from your workout. Get them involved! Involving them in the workout not only allows you some fun playtime, but it sets a great example. Mama is strong. Mama is active.
Hold your toddler either facing you or facing out. With your feet directly under your hips, squat back. The key to good squat is keeping your butt back, like you are going to sit in a chair. When you stand back up, press your toddler up into the air.
Holding your toddler in front of you, lunge forward with your left leg, while lifting your toddler up towards the right. Push your left leg back, returning to the original position.
Place your feet wider than hip width with your toes pointing out. Hold onto your toddler with both arms lengthwise. Squat down and when you press up, curl your toddler up.
Perform this on your knees first, then advance to on your toes once you feel comfortable with it on your toes.
Lying on your back, place one foot on the ground and straighten the other out. Holding onto your toddler, lift your butt and press your toddler into the air. Hold five seconds. Return to starting position.
Create a V with your body with your toddler on your belly. Using your abdominals, pull yourself up into a half boat position with your knees slightly bent.
Lie down and create a V with your body. Keep your feet on the ground. Holding onto your toddler in a cradled position, twist to the right side. Return to the starting position and then repeat on the left side. Be sure to engage your core and keep your back flat the entire time.
Perform a forearm or high plank and let your toddler crawl all over you while you keep good form!
So two options for how to do this workout.
Option #1: Complete 10-20 repetitions of each exercise, repeating the circuit 1-3 times.
Option #2: Complete 10-15 repetitions of each exercise and perform a 45 second cardio blast between each set. Cardio ideas: mountain climbers, burpees, skaters, squat jumps, high knees, run in place, jumping jacks, and hopping. All of these can be fun with your toddler!
Of course it’s important to stay fueled before and after a workout, and FLYJOY bars are a perfect option. They are made with all natural ingredients like quinoa, are gluten free, non-GMO, and vegan! I absolutely love them – the PB&J flavor is my favorite.
That’s it! Enjoy the workout and don’t forget to have fun with it!
This post is sponsored by FLYJOY but all ideas and opinions are my own!